By John Vogl
BOSTON -- The Sabres' goalie wheel has finally landed on Connor Knapp. Not only will he dress for an NHL game for the first time, he'll also put Buffalo in the record book.
Knapp, selected in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, is expected to back up Matt Hackett on Saturday when the Sabres visit the Boston Bruins. When he appears on the lineup sheet, he'll become the ninth netminder to dress for Buffalo this season. That will be an NHL record, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Ryan Miller, Jhonas Enroth, Ryan Vinz, Jaroslav Halak, Michal Neuvirth, Nathan Lieuwen, Hackett and Andrey Makarov have also taken a spot in the Sabres' crease or on the bench. Makarov backed up Hackett in the previous two games, but the organization wanted him to play in Rochester this weekend as the Amerks attempt to earn a playoff spot.
Knapp, 23, has played for four teams this season: Greenville, Florida and Alaska of the ECHL, plus the Amerks. He made two starts for Rochester, losing both while putting up a 4.03 goals-against average and .873 save percentage. Knapp played for the Boston Junior Bruins in 2007-08.